The Kalamazoo Statesman

  • Bronson LakeView Family Care welcomes Lesley DeLille

    Posted by Dan Cash

    Bronson LakeView Family Care is welcoming Lesley DeLille, NP, to their team.  DeLille received her masters degree in nursing from Michigan State University.  Prior to joining Bronson, DeLille worked in Bronson Methodists Hospital's cardiology unit.  She enjoys family medicine, adolescent health, cardiovascular, endocrinology, diabetes and disease prevention.  

    DeLille is accepting new patients at two Bronson LakeView medical practices.  Bronson LakeView Family Care, 52373 North Main Street, Mattawan and Bronson LakeView Family Care Internal Medicine, 451 Health Parkway, Paw Paw.


  • Plainwell Approves Recruitment Strategy to Attract New Retail to Downtown

    Posted by Dan Cash

    The Plainwell Downtown Development Authority recently approved a recruitment strategy to help attract new retail concepts to the downtown area where space is currently available in the Downtown Development Authority Area. For entrepreneurs considering opening a business, expanding, or relocating, this program, Plainwell’s Retail Acceleration Grant Competition, may be attractive to qualified applicants who meet the program requirements.

    Specific locations included in this program include ten buildings within the DDA district, all of which are highly visible ranging in size from 400 square feet to 23,000 SF. Desired uses include health food, hobby, toy, clothing, music stores, galleries, or bakeries based on a community survey seeking responses to “what type of businesses would you like to see join the downtown district?” 

    The program entails granting four applicants with a one-time incentive grant of $1,250 to be used toward real estate acquisition or rent. Successful applicants are to attend small business trainings from the Small Business Development Technology Center, provide a sound business plan along with the application, and agree to be mentored by a current business representative located in the City of Plainwell.  

    For those with questions, or who wish to apply, please contact Plainwell Economic Development Manager, Emilie Schada, at Applications are available upon request, by calling(269) 685-6821, or may be downloaded here:



  • Michigan Economic Development Corporation Awards more than $3 Million Downtown Brownfield

    Posted by Dan Cash


    'The Exchange' to be build on site of surface parking lot, receives more than $3
     million in redevelopment assistance dollars, will feature retail, residential and
    commercial spaces

    LANSING, MI, Nov. 15, 2011 - The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
    announced today that it has awarded a MBT (Michigan Business Tax) Brownfield Tax
     Credit for $3,183,746 for a new 8-story mixed use project in downtown Kalamazoo.
    The project, called The Exchange, will be built on the site of a surface parking
     lot at 155 West Michigan Avenue and will include residential, office, commercial
    and retail space. The announcement was made at the MEDC's MEGA (Michigan Economic
    Growth Authority) board meeting.

    The State of Michigan provides MBT credits to promote redevelopment of brownfield
    sites for projects that redevelop a contaminated, blighted, or functionally obsolete
    property. Credits, which are awarded on a case-by-case basis, are available for
    up to 12.5 percent of eligible investments, or up to 15 percent for certain Urban
    Development Area Projects as designated by the MEDC's MEGA Board.

    Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated (DKI) President Ken Nacci said, "The contribution
    of a project of this magnitude is immeasurable. We use the word "transformative"
     quite literally, and expect this project to have a long lasting, positive impact
    in the continuing revitalization of downtown Kalamazoo."

    DKI says the project will change the downtown skyline by making use of a prime piece
    of underdeveloped property and creating new housing and retail options, and greater
    walkability with its proximity to nearby parks, libraries, downtown restaurants
    and the Kalamazoo Metro Transit System, which serves Western Michigan University
     and the greater Kalamazoo area.

    The Exchange also meets the downtown development strategic priorities and guiding
    principles as outlined in the 2009 Downtown Kalamazoo Comprehensive Plan, which
    looks to grow and support retail and residential sectors. Through Tax Increment
    Finance Revenue captured by the Downtown Development Authority, the DDA will commit
    up to $143,460 annually for up to 10 years. This public investment will be earmarked
    for public improvement related components surrounding the project, including snowmelt,
    street-scrape, street furniture and other eligible activities.

    "We are proud to be part of the team that has pulled together the application and
    approval for the City of Kalamazoo on the project," said Greg Taylor, Principal,
     Phoenix Properties, the developer for The Exchange.  "Both the community and our
    project partners were able to mobilize quickly and effectively to capitalize on
    this unique moment in time as it relates to the program.  The scale of the project
    and the ideally situated site will contribute greatly to the continued efforts to
    redevelop downtown Kalamazoo, creating the kind of density which makes for successful

    In addition to Phoenix Properties, The Exchange project team includes Tower Pinkster
    Titus Associates, architect; Skanska, construction; and Soil and Materials Engineers,
    Inc., who completed the MBT application on behalf of the project team and will handle
    all brownfield remediation activities and geotechnical engineering for the project.
    All four companies will service the project out of Kalamazoo-based offices. The
    project is scheduled to break ground in January 2012, and is slated for completion
    in March 2013. The project is expected to generate $28.8 million in new investment
    and create approximately 210 permanent full-time jobs.

    Phoenix Properties also anticipates pursuing a LEED Certified designation through
    the USGBC Green Building Design and Construction (BD+C) LEED rating system, incorporating
    sustainable design and construction techniques, and the development will require
     performance of environmental and non-environmental activities necessary to prepare
    the site for redevelopment, including minimizing landfill waste by recycling the
     asphalt parking lot materials.

  • Local Organization to Construct 20th Annual Ramp for Veteran on Veterans Day

    Posted by Dan Cash
    PORTAGE, MICHIGAN- On Friday, November 11th from 8 a.m. until completion, the Home Builders Association of Greater Kalamazoo (HBAGK) in partnership with Tuesday Toolmen, Inc. will construct their 20th ramp and second Veterans Day ramp, this year for Vietnam Veteran Michael Alford. 
    The event will take place at 5645 Deerfield in Portage. An Honor Guard presentation will occur at 9:30am.
    Michael is a Vietnam veteran that has recently had a knee replacement and is legally blind after being exposed to Agent Orange while serving. Michael is currently a member of the Comstock VFW Post 6252, Disabled American Veterans and Marine Core League.
    Michael and his wife Nancy love to spend time with their grandchildren watch the game show network and attend Victory Baptist Church in Portage. They say that they are excited to go outside safely and enjoy themselves.
    “This is such a blessing”, says Nancy Alford. We have been through a streak of bad times and we are so grateful for the volunteers building this ramp.”
    “This is the second time HBA volunteers have built a ramp for a veteran,” says Troy McClure, HBAGK’s Community Projects Chairman. 
    “The Rampathon is my favorite project that I do with the HBA and I am excited to give back to a Vietnam Veteran that has sacrificed so much for our country.”
    Volunteers from the HBAGK will donate their time, skills, and resources to build the ramp for Michael and his wife Nancy this Friday. The HBAGK would like to give special recognition to Minor Field Agency, Home Depot and the Tuesday Toolmen, Inc. for their assistance with the project. 
    For more information on how to participate or contribute to Rampathon, contact the HBAGK office at (269) 375-4225.
  • Michigan research universities establish business response network

    Posted by Dan Cash

    KALAMAZOO--A collaboration involving Western Michigan University and Michigan's four other research universities will create the first statewide university network in the country to provide a critical new tool for business growth and attraction.

    The Michigan Corporate Relations Network--M-CRN--was announced Nov. 10 in Lansing. It will create partnerships that will connect state industry to critical university assets in a way that will help the Michigan economy grow and prosper.

    Six of the 15 public universities in Michigan make up the network. In addition to WMU, they are Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan's campuses in Ann Arbor and Dearborn. The campuses were chosen because of the broad research and geographic footprint they represent. Collectively, they represent more than $1.8 billion of research expenditures, which in 2009, amounted to  98 percent of the academic research done in Michigan and 99 percent of all patent activity among Michigan universities. The schools enroll more than 160,000 students across the state.

    "All of Michigan's research universities are actively engaged in economic development," says Bob Miller, WMU associate vice president for community outreach who has been working on the M-CRN since its inception. "This new effort will help our research universities work more closely together and develop tools like a statewide database on faculty expertise that will ensure business requests for assistance are funneled to the researchers who are best equipped to assist them."

    The M-CRN will use more than $1.8 million from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and the Michigan Strategic Fund Board. The overall program funding will exceed $3 million after realizing an industry match of more than $1 million.

     "Michigan is one of the top states in the nation for research and development with more than $16 billion in industrial R&D and close to $2 billion in university research,'' notes MSF Board chairperson Michael Finney, president and CEO of the MEDC. "Companies like Google, Facebook and Dell were born on college campuses, and we want to keep helping our leading universities turn the latest developments into jobs."

    At WMU, the M-CRN will be housed in the Haworth College of Business and will work collaboratively with the Small Business and Technology Development Center--SBTDC--which is also housed in the business college.

    Six initial areas of focus for the M-CRN are:

    • Establishment or enhancement of business engagement offices, giving businesses and economic development agencies "one-stop shops" to gain access to university research expertise and student talent. By supporting the formation of similar business interface offices at Michigan Tech, WMU and UM Dearborn, this six-school network will magnify the value and impact for businesses across the state.

    • Launch of a Small-Company Innovation Program, which will help companies partner with universities for applied research and development of identified technologies. The SCIP will provide Michigan small businesses access to matching funds to engage the M-CRN partner universities on company-specific research projects.

    • Creation of a Small-Company Internship Award program to encourage student job placements with innovative and dynamic company partners within Michigan and provide funding for students to work as summer interns or in cooperative positions with corporate partners on projects that are both beneficial to the company and academically relevant to the student

    • Development of a business portal to provide the private sector with a single-point-of-access Web tool for searching faculty expertise across the M-CRN universities. 

    • Increased access to university library resources, reducing the cost barrier to library resources for small companies in Michigan and connecting companies to the Michigan Information Transfer Source program of the UM Library System.

     Creation of an Instant Innovation Program that brings faculty experts from the universities together with Michigan companies to tackle significant business and research challenges identified by the companies in a daylong, facilitated brainstorming session.

    "Academia's role in the economy is rapidly changing," says Daryl Weinert, M-CRN principal investigator and executive director of the University of Michigan's Business Engagement Center.  "It's critical that we recognize businesses as clients and be responsive to their needs."

  • Bronson Welcomes New Bariatric Surgeon

    Posted by Dan Cash

    Kalamazoo, MI -- Kibwe Weaver, MD, a new member of the medical staff at Bronson Methodist Hospital, is now performing bariatric surgery with his partner, Stuart Verseman, MD. 

    Dr. Weaver is board eligible in surgery. His clinical interests include laparoscopic gastric bypass, vertical sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable gastric banding and adolescent obesity. He is board eligible in surgery. 

    His training includes a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, and a surgery residency at the Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA.  He earned his Medical Doctorate from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. Dr. Weaver previously practiced at the 
    Bariatric Metabolic Institute in Cleveland, Ohio. Drs. Weaver and Verseman can be reached at (269) 488-1524.

  • Bronson Vascular Lab Recognized for Patient Care and Testing

    Posted by Dan Cash

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Patients tested for vascular disease at Bronson Methodist Hospital receive a high level of patient care and quality diagnosis testing, according to the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL). The organization recognized the Bronson Methodist Hospital’s noninvasive vascular laboratory with a three-year accreditation for its noninvasive testing standards.

    Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, costing more than $83.7 billion each year in health services, medications and lost work time due to disability. One American dies every 32 seconds from cardiovascular disease, disorders of the heart and blood vessels. Each year, 2 million people in the United States alone develop deep vein thrombosis – blood clots in the veins. This affliction becomes life threatening for 500,000 of those people when the blood clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs.

    Early detection of these life-threatening vascular diseases is possible through the use of noninvasive vascular testing techniques performed within vascular laboratories.

    Bronson Methodist Hospital’s noninvasive vascular laboratory is one of a select number of vascular laboratories in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico to meet or exceed the ICAVL standards. Participation in the accreditation process demonstrates the laboratory’s attention to a high level of patient care and quality testing.



  • Specialist In Sleep Disorders And Pulmonary Medicine Joins Borgess

    Posted by Dan Cash

    KALAMAZOO MI–William Katz, MD, a specialist in Sleep Disorders and Pulmonary Medicine, has joined Borgess Health. Dr. Katz provides care to individuals with conditions of the lungs and respiratory system, as well as diagnoses and treats sleep disorders.

    A graduate of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Dr. Katz completed his Internal Medicine residency at Blodgett Memorial Medical Center (now a part of Spectrum Health) and St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. Dr. Katz’ previous experience includes serving as Medical Director of the Metro Health Sleep Disorders Laboratory and as a Critical Care Specialist for Spectrum Health.  For nearly two decades, he also served as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine for Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

    Dr. Katz is accepting new patients. Please call Borgess Pulmonary Medicine at 345.1161 for an appointment or for more information.

  • Simplee Delicious Opens in Marshall with New Ideas

    Posted by Dan Cash

    It's a different concept developing in Marshall.  Simplee Delicious which has been developed by it's owner Jill launched in Marshall on Tuesday.  The new business which she says came out of her use of similiar restaurants that are no longer available to her is Jill's own concept.  

    Patrons come into the business, select the foods that they would like and they can than take the food home, put it in their fridge or freezer and now they have lunch or dinner for the next week or two.  

    The restaurant even works with a registered dietician that prepares Simplee Delicious meals to give you a healthy balance and selection.  Jill speaks with Cassandra Basore above.